Michael Phelps On Battling Depression: ‘I Am Extremely Thankful That I Did Not Take My Life’

It’s refreshing to see that

He recounted to a hushed audience how he hit an all-time low after 2012, retreating to his bedroom for “three to five days” and barely eating or sleeping (below):

“I didn’t want to be in the sport anymore … I didn’t want to be alive anymore.”

It was at that point that Phelps realized finally that he needed help.

He sought counseling, stress management programs, and more — and he finally confronted his depression head-on.

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And now, he’s glad he did it, and he’s glad that he overcame the stigma of talking about mental health.

He said:

“I was very good at compartmentalizing things and stuffing things away that I didn’t want to talk about, I didn’t want to deal with, I didn’t want to bring up — I just never ever wanted to see those things. … [Mental health] has a stigma around it and that’s something we still deal with every day. I think people actually finally understand it is real. People are talking about it and I think this is the only way that it can change. That’s the reason why suicide rates are going up — people are afraid to talk and open up. Those moments and those feelings and those emotions for me are light years better than winning the Olympic gold medal. I am extremely thankful that I did not take my life.”

Amen to ALL of that!

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